The Curriculum - Year 1 to 6


Vision and values

As outlined in our Vision and Values Statement, we provide ambitious learning opportunities for our pupils, promoting achievement in every area and nurturing social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

It is essential that we equip our children with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The promotion of good oracy skills is a priority for our children. In order to have agency in the world they need to develop a ‘public voice.'

As our children gain confidence, knowledge and skills we hope that they will go on to become compassionate, well balanced young people. They will take their place in society as active citizens, economically independent, exemplifying the British values of equality, tolerance, democracy, individual liberty and rule of law.

Our starting point for curriculum design are our four foundations.

  1. Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills (value link-perseverance)
  2. Educating for Hope and Aspiration (value link-forgiveness)
  3. Educating for Community and Living Well Together (value link-compassion, responsibility)
  4. Educating for Dignity and Respect (value link- integrity, respect)

We aim to help our pupils develop an inner discipline that encourages them to not just ‘follow the crowd’. We want them to make up their own minds using an evidence based approach and be ready to accept responsibility for what they do. They will grow through making choices, taking responsibility and being honest with themselves and others. SMSC is taught in a cross curricular way throughout the year groups (see our curriculum map) and is not limited to specific Personal, Social, Health and citizenship Education (PSHCE) or Religious Education (RE) lessons.

Children must be able to talk about what they have learned in a knowledgeable and articulate way using their 'public voice.'

Character and resilience are the qualities, the inner resources that we call on to get us through the frustrations and setbacks that are part and parcel of life. We must instil these qualities in our children and make sure that they are ready to make their way in the world as robust and confident individuals. In order to achieve this we have incorporated the five foundations for building character in to our curriculum: sport, creativity, performing, the world of work, volunteering and membership.

Curriculum design

At our school we see the Year 1 to Year 6 curriculum as a body of subject-specific knowledge defined by us and the National Curriculum and so we take a knowledge led approach. Skills are an outcome of the curriculum, not its purpose. When children are ‘fluent’ in knowledge, such as number bonds or 8 times tables-they can then apply them as skills.

We have a clear focus on subjects as units to deliver the curriculum. Our Curriculum Map, and ‘Units of Work’ in every subject, contain the knowledge that we have identified as essential in our school taking in to account cultural capital.

Our ‘Units of Work’ in each subject have been carefully crafted by expert teachers across our Four School Partnership, identifying composite knowledge and skills and breaking them down in to component knowledge and skills to ensure sequential, layered knowledge acquisition. These ‘Units of Work’ also support our particular style of teaching and help with the speedy and effective induction of new staff. This is particularly important in an inner London environment where the cost of accommodation prevents most of our staff from being able to stay with us long term.


We use ‘Knowledge Organisers’ in order to help children with knowledge retention and issues around working memory. Our teaching style has a strong focus on the effective retention and use of subject specific vocabulary using ‘Walk The Word’ techniques.

Each term we suspend the usual curriculum for a week in order for everyone to take part in a Whole School Project Week. In the recent past these have included Peace Week, Equalities Week, Christian Social Justice Week, Keeping Safe Week and careers Week.

As we are situated in central London, we use London as our classroom, providing pupils with a very wide range of off site visits and visitors to enhance their learning.

Look at the Curriculum Gallery section of our website for more information about individual subjects in our curriculum.

Look at our Curriculum Map below for an overview of subjects, year by year.

Look at our Curriculum Overviews for Parents/Carers to see termly information about our curriculum and how parents/carers might support children with their learning at home.


The implementation of our curriculum is greatly supported by carefully structured unit plans, leading pupils through component knowledge and skills to composite knowledge and skills  in all subjects.

Our pedagogical approach is based on Rosenshine’s Principles of Direct Instruction. The brilliant clarity and simplicity of this approach supports teachers to engage with cognitive science and the wider world of educational research.

The Principles of Direct Instruction

  1. Daily Review
  2. Present new material using small steps
  3. Ask questions
  4. Provide models
  5. Guide student practice
  6. Check for student understanding
  7. Obtain a high success rate
  8. Provide scaffolds for difficult tasks
  9. Independent practice
  10. Weekly and monthly review


We constantly review our curriculum through regular subject based monitoring activity across the Five School Partnership to ensure sequential, layered knowledge acquisition and check that pupil outcomes are of a very high quality.

We retain banks of high quality pupil work in order to induct new staff to our schools as effectively as possible, sharing our very high expectations.